Toxic chemicals and Latino health

EDF Health has teamed up with the largest Latino advocacy organization in the United States, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), to spotlight serious and underreported health threats linked to toxic chemical and air pollution exposure that disproportionately impact Latino communities.

Because of deficiencies in current laws that are supposed to protect us, chemicals are not required to be shown to be safe in order to be used even in common consumer products. Consequently, we are all exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals every day in the products we use in our homes and in the workplace. Latinos may be especially at risk because of occupation or housing conditions.

Additionally, outdoor air pollutants cause serious health risks among Latino communities, and for the nation as a whole. Climate change pollutants such as particulate matter (soot), ground-level ozone (smog), and carbon monoxide are emitted from sources such as cars, buses, heavy machinery, factories, and power plants. These pollutants can exacerbate chronic illnesses like asthma, and 1 in 2 Latinos in the US currently live in counties that frequently violate ground-level ozone standards.

Scientists believe that chemicals found in common products and outdoor air may be contributing to rising rates of reproductive problems, cancers and respiratory-related health problems. Latinos may be at increased risk for these health conditions, though reasons for the disparity are not fully understood. Residents in Latino communities may be more susceptible to health effects of certain chemicals, more likely to be exposed at home and in the workplace, or both.

Explore the resources below to learn more about the impact of everyday chemicals on you and your family.

Chemicals and reproductive health

Learn how chemicals may contribute to reproductive health problems among Latina women.

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Chemicals and Latina health
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Las sustancias químicas y la salud de las latinas
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Chemicals and cancer

Learn how chemicals may play a role in the development of cancer in your community

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Cancer and chemicals in the Latino community
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Las sustancias químicas y el cáncer en la comunidad Latina
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Indoor Air Pollution and Asthma

Learn about chemicals found in indoor environments that may play a role in the development or exacerbation of asthma in your community.

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Asthma and indoor air pollution in the Latino community
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Asma y contaminación del aire interior en la comunidad Latina
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Outdoor Air Pollution and Asthma

Learn about common outdoor air pollutants that may play a role in the development of exacerbation of asthma in your community.

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Asthma and outdoor air pollution in the Latino community
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Asma y contaminación del aire exterior en la comunidad Latina
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Video: Who ensures the safety of chemicals in the products you buy today?
The shocking answer is: No one!

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